By George Onah
Port Harcourtâ€” Rivers State government has appealed to the Israeli government to avail the state of its agricultural technology to enable the state grow food for itself and the teeming population the Niger Delta.
Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi said in Israel that the state government was proud of the Israelis for being able to transform the desert to arable land where it had been able to feed the country and the sub-region.
Represented by the Special Adviser on Traffic Affairs, Mr. Rowland Odoyi, the governor said the state would gladly provide the necessary infrastructure for such transfer of technology to Rivers people.
Speaking at the valedictory ceremony and departure of pilgrims from the Holyland, the governor told the pilgrims to embrace the discipline of the Israelis which had caused the people to collectively achieve greatness in every sphere of life.
He particularly drew attention to the sparkling nature of the cities of Israel, explaining that tourism was the mainstay of the Israelis and that the state government was poised to turn the state to a tourism destination in Nigeria.
Accordingly, Amaechi, who gave kudos to the cleanliness of Calabar, Cross Rivers State, said Port Harcourt was set to overtake Calabar in that arrangement and implored the pilgrims to take home the marvel of the land called Israel for the growth of Rivers State.
On her part, the CEO of Tailor Made Tours, Mrs. Josephine, said Rivers State â€œstands out as the number one state in sponsoring pilgrims to the Holy land with a population of 2,250 pilgrims in 2009 alone.â€
Josephine said the Israeli government was grateful to the state and people of Nigeria for being friends of Israel, stating that the government of Israel would be willing to contribute â€œin anyway possible toÂ the well being of Rivers State and Nigeria.